Julien Dyne Shares Single Be Real Ft Ladi6

Annabel Kean / Cover art by Jae Hoon Lee / Friday 26th November, 2021 12:49PM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau multi-faceted artist and instrumentalist Julien Dyne (Avantdale Bowling Club) sets us up for the weekend with ‘Be Real’, the third single from his hotly awaited album Modes. The lush new track features frequent collaborator and Aotearoa hip hop queen Ladi6, who contributed to Dyne’s album Teal with top tier cut ‘Hours’ in 2018, and returns to the fray for another exciting blend of soul vocals and experimental beats. In addition to the dreamy summer crossover of Ladi6 and Dyne, ‘Be Real’ boasts instrumentation from hot-shot local staples Guy Harrison and Isaac Aesili. The glorious slice of jazz-meets-RnB will have you bobbing along to fresh-hot vibraphone and even fresher basslines from the first spin, keeping the wolf from the door as we await the full album release next Friday. While we champ at the bit for Modes and its Lord Echo, Mara TK, Che Fu and Troy Kingi cameos, dip into a cool pool of ‘Be Real’ here…

‘Modes’ is out digitally on Friday 3rd December via Soundway Records, vinyl expected February 11th 2022.

Linksjuliendyne.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/ladi6

Aotearoa Music Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 11th November, 2021 9:52AM

  
  

The recently rebranded Aotearoa Music Awards | Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa (formerly the New Zealand Music Awards until 2020) have announced the star-studded full list of finalists for 2021. Traditionally mainly focussed on celebrating the achievements of our pop musical superstars, it’s heartening to once again see a whole bunch of UTR familiar faces in the mix. Wax Chattels are up against "bitter rivals" Na Noise and Anthonie Tonnon in the Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist, the finalists for both the Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist and Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist awards are the formidably talented trio of Mara TK, TEEKS and Troy Kingi, and in the running for Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist are rap powerhouses Diggy Dupè, SWIDT and Team Dynamite. Dominating this year’s list is the seemingly unstoppable Kingi, who’s up for six nominations, TEEKS who’s being recognised for a hugely successful year with five nominations, live favourites L.A.B who are up for four Tūis, and battling it out in the ring cage match style for both Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year and Te Roopu Toa | Best Group will be Crowded House and The Phoenix Foundation.

The Aotearoa Music Awards are confirmed to be taking place in December, to be screened on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand from Tāmaki’s Aotea Centre, with the option of being rescheduled to a date in early 2022 if Covid-19 restrictions prevent the ceremony from going ahead. Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan shared his excitement for the 56th edition of the glitzy annual prize giving event…

"Our artists and our industry have endured massive disruption over the last 18 months. The uncertainty around live music performance has affected livelihoods and has impacted every part of our music industry which is predicated on bringing people together.

One beacon of positivity however has been music fans utterly embracing our artists and their waiata throughout this period.

It is heartening to see we are consuming homegrown music in record numbers across all forms from streaming to vinyl to radio. Let’s keep that positive support going!”

AOTEAROA MUSIC AWARDS | NGĀ TOHU PUORO O AOTEAROA FINALISTS 2021


Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year

BENEE – Hey u x

Crowded House – Dreamers are Waiting

L.A.B. – L.A.B. IV

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship

TEEKS – Something to Feel

Troy Kingi – The Ghost of Freddie Cesar

Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year

Harper Finn – ‘Dance Away These Days’

L.A.B. – ‘Why Oh Why’

Lorde – ‘Solar Power’

Six60 – ‘All She Wrote’

TEEKS – ‘Remember Me’

Troy Kingi – ‘Sleep (Slumber)’

Te Roopu Toa | Best Group

Crowded House – Dreamers are Waiting

L.A.B. – L.A.B. IV

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship

Shapeshifter – Rituals

Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist

Anna Coddington – Beams

BENEE – Hey u x

TEEKS – Something to Feel

Troy Kingi – The Ghost of Freddie Cesar

Spotify Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Foley

Harper Finn

Muroki

Niko Walters

Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist

Mara TK

Teeks

Troy Kingi

The Edge Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist

BENEE

Foley

LA WOMEN

Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist

Anthonie Tonnon

Na Noise

Wax Chattels

Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist

Mara TK

Teeks

Troy Kingi

Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist

Diggy Dupè

SWIDT

Team Dynamite

Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist

Grove Roots

L.A.B

Tomorrow People


Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo Award

Rei

Te Nūtube

The Nudge & Troy Kingi

Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist

Paige Julia

Shapeshifter

Sola Rosa

Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist

Dead Favours

Ekko Park

Mako Road


Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist

Claire Cowan

Justin DeHart

Tony Yan Tong Chen

Linksaotearoamusicawards.nz/aotearoa-music-awards-announce-2021-finalists/

Aotearoa Music Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 11th November, 2021 9:52AM

  
  

The recently rebranded Aotearoa Music Awards | Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa (formerly the New Zealand Music Awards until 2020) have announced the star-studded full list of finalists for 2021. Traditionally mainly focussed on celebrating the achievements of our pop musical superstars, it’s heartening to once again see a whole bunch of UTR familiar faces in the mix. Wax Chattels are up against "bitter rivals" Na Noise and Anthonie Tonnon in the Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist, the finalists for both the Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist and Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist awards are the formidably talented trio of Mara TK, TEEKS and Troy Kingi, and in the running for Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist are rap powerhouses Diggy Dupè, SWIDT and Team Dynamite. Dominating this year’s list is the seemingly unstoppable Kingi, who’s up for six nominations, TEEKS who’s being recognised for a hugely successful year with five nominations, live favourites L.A.B who are up for four Tūis, and battling it out in the ring cage match style for both Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year and Te Roopu Toa | Best Group will be Crowded House and The Phoenix Foundation.

The Aotearoa Music Awards are confirmed to be taking place in December, to be screened on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand from Tāmaki’s Aotea Centre, with the option of being rescheduled to a date in early 2022 if Covid-19 restrictions prevent the ceremony from going ahead. Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan shared his excitement for the 56th edition of the glitzy annual prize giving event…

"Our artists and our industry have endured massive disruption over the last 18 months. The uncertainty around live music performance has affected livelihoods and has impacted every part of our music industry which is predicated on bringing people together.

One beacon of positivity however has been music fans utterly embracing our artists and their waiata throughout this period.

It is heartening to see we are consuming homegrown music in record numbers across all forms from streaming to vinyl to radio. Let’s keep that positive support going!”

AOTEAROA MUSIC AWARDS | NGĀ TOHU PUORO O AOTEAROA FINALISTS 2021


Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year

BENEE – Hey u x

Crowded House – Dreamers are Waiting

L.A.B. – L.A.B. IV

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship

TEEKS – Something to Feel

Troy Kingi – The Ghost of Freddie Cesar

Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year

Harper Finn – ‘Dance Away These Days’

L.A.B. – ‘Why Oh Why’

Lorde – ‘Solar Power’

Six60 – ‘All She Wrote’

TEEKS – ‘Remember Me’

Troy Kingi – ‘Sleep (Slumber)’

Te Roopu Toa | Best Group

Crowded House – Dreamers are Waiting

L.A.B. – L.A.B. IV

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship

Shapeshifter – Rituals

Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist

Anna Coddington – Beams

BENEE – Hey u x

TEEKS – Something to Feel

Troy Kingi – The Ghost of Freddie Cesar

Spotify Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Foley

Harper Finn

Muroki

Niko Walters

Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist

Mara TK

Teeks

Troy Kingi

The Edge Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist

BENEE

Foley

LA WOMEN

Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist

Anthonie Tonnon

Na Noise

Wax Chattels

Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist

Mara TK

Teeks

Troy Kingi

Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist

Diggy Dupè

SWIDT

Team Dynamite

Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist

Grove Roots

L.A.B

Tomorrow People


Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo Award

Rei

Te Nūtube

The Nudge & Troy Kingi

Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist

Paige Julia

Shapeshifter

Sola Rosa

Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist

Dead Favours

Ekko Park

Mako Road


Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist

Claire Cowan

Justin DeHart

Tony Yan Tong Chen

Linksaotearoamusicawards.nz/aotearoa-music-awards-announce-2021-finalists/

Julien Dyne Announces New Album Modes Drops Single Your Life Feat Semisi

Chris Cudby / Artwork by Jovan Milovic
/ Friday 29th October, 2021 10:20AM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau electronic producer / percussion master / painter Julien Dyne (Two Farben, Avantdale Bowling Club) has unveiled his first single release since 2018’s beat odyssey Teal. Getting our Halloween weekend started right with an overdose of golden tones,’Your Life‘ showcases soulful vocals from Semisi while morphing into an irresistibly body-moving variety of shapes and rhythms, straddling worlds of funk, jazz and the club with enviable ease. The immaculate track launched today with welcome news that Dyne’s next album Modes will be releasing digitally on 3rd December via London-based imprint Soundway Records, featuring contributions from local heavy hitters Lord Echo, Ladi6, Mara TK, Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Che Fu and Troy Kingi — experience a first taste with ‘Your Life’ below…

‘Your Life’ is out now on major streaming services. ‘Modes’ is launching digitally on Friday 3rd December via Soundway Records, vinyl expected February 2022.

Linksjuliendyne.com/

Premiere Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders Share Video Happiness Is Near

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 1st October, 2021 8:34AM

  
  

Co-recipients of the 2020 Tui award for Best Country Artist, Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders (The Warratahs) have reunited with ‘Happiness is Near‘, a new video for an as-yet unreleased song by the pair that we’re proud to premiere for you today. A teaser for a forthcoming second collection from the legendary team that gave us 2019’s Word Gets Around, ‘Happiness is Near’ was originally inspired by a cheerful phrase Saunders spotted while watching late night Russian TV, then polished off in collaboration with Davidson. A superb showcase for their golden vocal tones, the tune exudes tangible rustic charm as the worldy duo ponder the idea of good times yet to come with a sparkle in their eye. Davidson’s scene-setting lyric video doesn’t dispel the song’s mystique in the slightest, rolling down a dark highway no doubt zooming from show to show, with a classy font to help us all sing along. Presently gearing up to tour with Troy Kingi in November and December, Davidson gave us the full lowdown…

"Happiness is Near”. Barry Saunders saw it on late night Russian TV, written in English on a wall behind a broadcaster. It stuck in his head. Then he and Delaney Davidson started banging it around on an old, out-of-tune 12-string and it stuck at the heart of their next collection of songs.

They say the sentiment really fit with how they were feeling then, but has come into a whole other context now.

When the world is taking huge steps, and we are sitting in uncertain times. Waiting and watching to see where things might go or what we should do. It can feel like losing momentum, like fear and doubt.

This is a reminder that there’s something friendly waiting down the road. From the middle of isolation and loss, looking back, it’s easy to forget… but there are good times around the corner! You can walk these days and remember them any way that you want.

Kia kaha Aotearoa. Kia ora Aotearoa. Kei te tata te hari." — Delaney Davidson

Linksdelaneydavidson.com/
facebook.com/barrysaundersofficial/

New Dates For Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidsons Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 29th September, 2021 12:00PM

  
  

It’s no exaggeration to say Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) has been on one heck of a creative hot streak in 2021. This year the Taite Music Prize winning artist released new album Black Sea Golden Ladder with Lyttelton legend Delaney Davidson, an hour-long accompanying visual album featuring videos for every song, the collaborative soundtrack (as P. Smith) for gripping drama series The Panthers with Diggy Dupé and choicevaughan, a single from a new album with The Nudge, a new te reo Māori version of his classic ‘Aztechknowledgey‘ for Waiata Anthems week, and scooped up a finalist spot for the Silver Scroll Award. The unstoppable Kingi sure isn’t going to let our pesky current Covid woes get in the way of delivering the goods to fans, announcing today rescheduled dates for the second half of his Black Sea Golden Ladder nationwide tour with Delaney Davidson. Witness two iconic Aotearoa artists making history together on stage at the following dates…


Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Saturday 20th November – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch (previously Sat 21 Aug)
Sunday 21st November – Theatre Royal, Nelson (previously Tue 17 Aug)
Friday 26th November – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin *NEW VENUE (previously Sun 22 Aug)

Sunday 5th December – Opera House, Wellington (previously Sat 28 Aug), with live band The Senses
Friday 10th December – Town Hall, Auckland (previously Sat 4 Sept)
, with live band The Senses

Tickets and more info available via TroyKingi.com

Experience Black Sea Golden Ladder – The Visual Album…

Linkstroykingi.com/
delaneydavidson.com/

Listen To Kono 003 Feat Anna Coddington Troy Kingi Ria Hall More

Annabel Kean / Friday 3rd September, 2021 10:42AM

  
  

Released in conjunction with Waiata Anthems week (6 to 12 September), ahead of this year’s Māori Language Week (13 to 19 September), Katchafire, Troy Kingi, Ria Hall, Anna Coddington and The Nudge share te reo versions of their bangingest bangers on Kono 003. Out today on Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa, the third edition in the Kono series features five souped-up, reimagined tracks, kicking off with massive Anna Coddington and Louis Baker anthem ‘Beams’, retitled ‘Aho’ for the compilation, from Coddington’s album of the same name. Not only does Troy Kingi feature twice on Kono 003 with fresh cuts of his songs ‘Aztechknowledgey’/’Te Wai Nō Rua Whetū’ and ‘He Ōrite’ with The Nudge, he also lands the sole translation credit for the new version of ‘He Ōrite’. I’ve already had the compilation on repeat this morning, and I recommend you do too. Score yourself a cheap as chips digital download, or even treat yourself to one of the limited edition vinyl pressing of Kono 003…

‘Kono 003’ is out now on vinyl and streaming services via Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa.

Linksloop.co.nz/
loopcrew.bandcamp.com/
waiataanthems.co.nz/

Listen To Troy Kingis Te Wai N Rua Whet From Kono 003

Annabel Kean / Monday 30th August, 2021 1:54PM

  
  

The terrific and prolific Troy Kingi graces our Monday with a te reo Māori reimagining of one of his breakout tracks ‘Aztechknowledgey’, first released in 2017 on sophomore album Shake That Skinny Ass All The Way To Zygertron. No stranger to cooking up exciting collaborations, just this year the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Award / Kaitito Kaiaka finalist has released his folk album Black Sea Golden Ladder with Lyttelton legend Delaney Davidson as part of his 10 10 10 Series, shared single ‘He Ōrite’ from his upcoming album with The Nudge, and been an integral part of TV series The Panthers’ original soundtrack. His latest drop, titled ‘Te Wai Nō Rua Whetū’, is the first taste from five track compilation Kono 003, curated by Loop Recordings in conjunction with Waiata Anthems week (6 to 12 September). Out in full this Friday, the record will also feature Te Reo Māori renditions from Anna Coddington, Ria Hall, Katchafire and The Nudge. Tuck into ‘Te Wai Nō Rua Whetū / Aztechknowledgey’, and be sure to pre-order yourself a limited vinyl pressing of Kono 003…

‘Kono 003’ is out digitally and on vinyl Friday 3rd September via Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa.

Linkstroykingi.com/
loop.co.nz/
loopcrew.bandcamp.com/
waiataanthems.co.nz/

Top 5 Finalists Revealed For 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Award

C.C.
/ Thursday 26th August, 2021 9:03AM

  
  

The top 5 finalists have been revealed for Aotearoa’s most prestigious songwriting prize, the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Award / Kaitito Kaiaka, as voted for by APRA members across the nation. The final winner will be announced at a glitzy ceremony later this year on 14th October (whether that be irl or online), along with presentations of the APRA Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award Te Tohu Auaha, APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award, APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award and 2021’s NZ Music Hall of Fame Induction. Here are the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Award top 5 finalists, notably including two nominations for Troy Kingi, Maisey Rika and Jonathan Pearce of The Beths

All Your Ships Have Sailed‘ — written and performed by Troy Kingi (Published by Loop Publishing | Kobalt Music Publishing Australia)

Hiwa-i-te-rangi‘ ‚ written by Maisey Rika*, Callum Rei McDougall, Chris Chetland, performed by Maisey Rika (*Published by First Nation Music – Aotearoa)

Jump Rope Gazers‘ — written by Elizabeth Stokes*, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair, Tristan Deck, performed by The Beths (*Published by Gaga Music obo Carpark Publishing)

Leave Love Out Of This‘ — written by Anthonie Tonnon and Jonathan Pearce, performed by Anthonie Tonnon

Turangawaewae‘ — written by Stephen Harmer, Maisey Rika*, Troy Kingi**, Tenei Kesha (10A), performed by Tipene, Troy Kingi, and Maisey Rika (*Published by First Nation Music – Aotearoa, **Published by Loop Publishing | Kobalt Music Publishing Australia)

Linksapraamcos.co.nz/awards/awards/silver-scroll-awards/
apraamcos.co.nz/awards/awards/silver-scroll-awards/apra-maioha-award/

Listen To The Panthers Original Soundtrack Ft Diggy Dup Troy Kingi choicevaughan Che Fu More

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 13th August, 2021 12:30PM

  
  

A collection of all-new tracks recorded especially for the forthcoming six part drama series, the original soundtrack to The Panthers is the creation of Diggy Dupé, Troy Kingi (recording as P. Smith) and choicevaughan with a small army of local hip hop and RnB stars. A heavy-hitting reflection upon the influence of the Polynesian Panthers on Aotearoa’s political landscape and ongoing injustices in our Polynesian communities, The Panthers OST is a significant standalone release which demands to be listened to in its own right — showcasing contributions from Che Fu, MELODOWNZ, SWIDT, Rizván, Deadforest and a host more. Made with project support from NZ On Air, hit play on the The Panthers OST stream below and watch the series on TVNZ On Demand from Sunday 15th August…

‘The Panthers’ is out now via major streaming services.

Linkstroykingi.com/
facebook.com/diggydupe/
facebook.com/choicevaughan/
instagram.com/thepantherstv/

Delaney Davidson Performs Disassociate From Myself UTR Trash Recital Episode 8

Sports Team / C.C.
/ Thursday 12th August, 2021 10:35AM

  
  

We’re stoked to share the eighth episode of our new web series created in collaboration with the talented gang at Sports Team: UTR Trash Recital!

For each episode of Trash Recital we’ve invited some of our favourite Aotearoa artists into the UTR studios to perform one of their signature songs, re-created using everyday items selected from a treasure trove of literal trash, collected by Sports Team from Tāmaki Makaurau’s finest op shops / second hand stores. Trash Recital not only provides a launchpad for stunning reimaginings of recent classic tunes, but also the perfect opportunity for a chinwag with our local musical heroes.

This week’s guest is none other than Lyttelton icon Delaney Davidson, whose award-winning oeuvre includes collaborations with seemingly every notable Aotearoa artist, along with his own spellbinding and ever-expanding catalogue of solo recordings. Currently touring the nation with Troy Kingi in celebration of new album Black Sea Golden Ladder (co-written by Davidson), the always inventive songwriter treated us to brand new song ‘Disassociate From Myself‘, originally written with The Phoenix Foundation’s Samuel Flynn Scott. Witness the mysterious multi-instrumentalist using the infamous UTR Trash Pile™ to whip up a musical masterpiece before your very eyes and ears…

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Thursday 12th August – Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton

Friday 13th August – Theatre Royal, New Plymouth

Sunday 15th August – Opera House, Whanganui

Tuesday 17th August – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Saturday 21st August – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Sunday 22nd August – Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Saturday 28th August – Opera House, Wellington w/ live band The Senses
Saturday 4th September – Town Hall, Auckland 
w/ live band The Senses

Tickets available via TroyKingi.com

DOP: Callum Devlin

Editor: Callum Devlin

Title Animator: Annabel Kean

Sound Engineer: Ruby Walsh

Sound Mix: Ruby Walsh

Theme Tune: Callum Devlin

Project Manager: Annabel Kean

Production Team: Sports Team

UTR Production Team: Daryl Fincham & Chris Cudby

Special thanks to Bob Frisbee

Made with support from NZ On Air

Listen to Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders’ album Word Gets Around — 2020 winners of RMNZ’s Best Country Music Artist Award…

Linksdelaneydavidson.com/
instagram.com/teamsportsteam/

Troy Kingi and Diggy Dup Drop Video For My Heart Never Sleeps

Annabel Kean / Thursday 29th July, 2021 2:18PM

  
  

Maybe Troy Kingi‘s long game is to write a self help book, because I would like to know what his secret is to working on three different massive projects at once. No, there isn’t more news on his Delaney Davidson collaborative album Black Sea Golden Ladder (touring next month), nor is it another single with Pōneke psych heroes The Nudge, nope! Kingi, Diggy Dupé and choicevaughan feature on the first single released from The Panthers official soundtrack. ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’ is a soul affirming slice from the soon to be released six-part drama series The Panthers, chronicling the epic history of Aotearoa’s Polynesian Panthers. Get pumped for the series and its no doubt killer soundtrack with the official video for ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’, created with support from NZ On Air

Linkstroykingi.com/
facebook.com/diggydupe/
facebook.com/choicevaughan/
instagram.com/thepantherstv/

Watch Troy Kingis Black Sea Golden Ladder The Visual Album

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 27th July, 2021 12:33PM

  
  

Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) has treated fans to an hour-long cinematic creation accompanying his latest album Black Sea Golden Ladder — the fifth in the 2020 Taite Music Prize winning songwriter and actor’s 10 10 10 series of genre-spanning long players. Created in collaboration with Lyttelton icon Delaney Davidson, Kingi stated his folk-tinted record is "the most personal of all my albums – the first one I feel that is truly about me". The film showcases all-new video works created for each song from the record by directors Dahnu Graham, Hayden Aull, Huhana Ruri-Panapa, Marara Katipa, Nicole Horan, Thomas Rose and Xavier Horan, edited by Huhana Ruri-Panapa. Not dissimilar to an anthology collection, the visual album is tied together by a poetic framing sequence in Te Reo Māori, starring Kingi frequenting a mysterious bar outside of time, viewing different points in Aotearoa people’s lives firsthand almost Quantum Leap-style. Described as "an exploration of the human experience that spans from childhood to death" and packing a hefty emotional punch when experienced in its entirety, watch Black Sea Golden Ladder – The Visual Album below and don’t miss Kingi and Davidson touring together in August and September…

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Saturday 7 August – Turner Centre, Kerikeri

Sunday 8 August – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tuesday 10 August – Forum North, Whangarei

Thursday 12 August – Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton

Friday 13 August – Theatre Royal, New Plymouth

Sunday 15 August – Opera House, Whanganui

Tuesday 17 August – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Saturday 21 August – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Sunday 22 August – Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Saturday 28 August – Opera House, Wellington w/ live band The Senses
Saturday 4 September – Town Hall, Auckland 
w/ live band The Senses

Tickets available via TroyKingi.com

Troy Kingi’s ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’ is out now via AAA Records.

Linkstroykingi.com/
troykingi.bandcamp.com/
delaneydavidson.bandcamp.com/

Troy Kingi and The Nudge Share Single He rite

Annabel Kean / Friday 23rd July, 2021 11:40AM

  
  

Barely a month on from releasing Black Sea Golden Ladder, the fifth album in his 10 10 10 Series, and Troy Kingi has joined creative forces with Pōneke psych stalwarts The Nudge on ripping new track ‘He Ōrite’. Although Kingi is touring album number five with Delaney Davidson this August, he’s getting the jump on project number six with the new Te Reo drop, delivering a single, video (out next week) and behind the scenes in one big bonus package. While The Nudge drummer Iraia Whakamoe (Tūhoe) is a long time collaborator of Kingi’s, this is the first time he’s working with the full Nudge trio, and the driving, groove-laden ‘He Ōrite’ is an exciting hint of what’s to come. Give into the KCU aka the Kingi Cinematic Universe with every genius multimedia offering below…

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Saturday 7 August – Turner Centre, Kerikeri

Sunday 8 August – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tuesday 10 August – Forum North, Whangarei

Thursday 12 August – Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton

Friday 13 August – Theatre Royal, New Plymouth

Sunday 15 August – Opera House, Whanganui

Tuesday 17 August – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Saturday 21 August – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Sunday 22 August – Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Saturday 28 August – Opera House, Wellington w/ live band The Senses
Saturday 4 September – Town Hall, Auckland 
w/ live band The Senses

Tickets available via TroyKingi.com

Allow me to draw your attention to the stunner single art created by Gina Kiel, Xoë Hall & Miriama Grace-Smith. Directly inspired by the waiata, it depicts "a united force against injustice & greed":

Linksfacebook.com/troykingimusician
thenudge.co.nz/

Listen To UTRs July 2021 Playlist

C.C.
/ Thursday 8th July, 2021 9:32AM

  
  

We’ve made it past the halfway point of this crazy mixed up year that is 2021, thankfully (crossed fingers) not as much of a madhouse for our music community as 2020 was though. The fabled UTR playlist is back in a jam-packed July edition, assembled and sequenced by editor Chris Cudby — a candid snapshot of what we’ve been spinning on the office jukebox with your listening enjoyment and exploration in mind. July’s selection features fresh cuts from Aotearoa and beyond by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Womb, Aldous Harding, Sulfate, Troy Kingi, Data Animal, Alien Weaponry, Dateline, Luke Buda, Reb Fountain, Ade & Connan Mockasin, crone, Mercedes Cambridge, deepState, The Fuzzy Robes and loads more. Press that play button below and if you haven’t already, go on and hit follow right HERE [Bandcamp purchase links for most tracks available HERE]…

Linksopen.spotify.com/playlist/3hA8wXUWRN41bfPlbX0eg5?si=5242c36c4797439c
buymusic.club/list/utr-utr-july-2021-playlist-bandcamp-links

Listen To Troy Kingis New Album Black Sea Golden Ladder

Annabel Kean / Friday 18th June, 2021 10:28AM

  
  

Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) shares Black Sea Golden Ladder, a collection of folk songs written in collaboration with award-winning, genre-spanning songwriter Delaney Davidson. This is Kingi’s fifth album in his 10 10 10 Series, and marks the halfway point of his ambitious project with what he says is "the most personal of all my albums – the first one I feel that is truly about me". Black Sea Golden Ladder is different not only in style, but in how the duo crafted each track — digging deep into Kingi’s memories from primary school to fatherhood over the course of just a few days, with Davidson falling into the role "somewhat of a shrink". It was also part of Pōneke’s Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency, which was established in 2016 specially to nurture the creative endeavours of Māori and Pasifika.

From singles ‘Call My Name’ and ‘Sleep’ you couldn’t know the paths Kingi would take on the full album. He lets his voice soar in epic, expansive track ‘You In My Arms’, and explores folk nooks and crannies across musical metaphors for Love, The Meaning, Mortality and more. Catch these two icons in the flesh this August on the not-to-be-missed Black Sea Golden Ladder Aotearoa tour

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Saturday 7 August – Turner Centre, Kerikeri

Sunday 8 August – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tuesday 10 August – Forum North, Whangarei

Thursday 12 August – Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton

Friday 13 August – Theatre Royal, New Plymouth

Sunday 15 August – Opera House, Whanganui

Tuesday 17 August – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Saturday 21 August – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Sunday 22 August – Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Saturday 28 August – Opera House, Wellington w/ live band The Senses
Saturday 4 September – Town Hall, Auckland 
w/ live band The Senses

Tickets available via TroyKingi.com

Troy Kingi’s ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’ is out now via AAA Records.

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Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 4th June, 2021 8:00AM

  
  

Two of Aotearoa’s most celebrated songwriters, 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi and Arts Foundation Laureate Award recipient Delaney Davidson, are teaming up to tour the nation together in August and September. They’ll be regaling audiences with songs from Kingi’s forthcoming album Black Sea Golden Ladder, the fifth studio long player in his ambitious and wildly successful 10 10 10 Series (10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres). Written over an intensive four day period with Davidson, who also also plays a variety of instruments on the record, Black Sea Golden Ladder finds Kingi embracing a folk musical palette and considering the various stages of life. He says "It is the most personal of all my albums – the first one I feel that is truly about me."

To say these collaborative shows will be a rare treat for gig-goers is an understatement indeed. Don’t miss these two incomparable artists at the following dates, and scroll downwards to experience their video for Kingi’s tender-toned new single ‘Sleep‘.

Davidson spoke of the songwriting process,“Troy wanted these songs to be about the human experience. What is life? What are the things people unite over? The common threads that weave a life together. I started asking him what his thoughts on these times were; fatherhood, love, work, childhood etc. I was trying to get to the essence of what he thought, we always started by talking and stripping it back to get to the core of the message.”

Kingi says "…Delaney took it on himself to be somewhat of a shrink, digging deep into my memories, deep into my subconscious to find my own experiences of these different facets which in the end led us to this album Black Sea Golden Ladder."

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Saturday 7 August – Turner Centre, Kerikeri

Sunday 8 August – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tuesday 10 August – Forum North, Whangarei

Thursday 12 August – Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton

Friday 13 August – Theatre Royal, New Plymouth

Sunday 15 August – Opera House, Whanganui

Tuesday 17 August – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Saturday 21 August – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Sunday 22 August – Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Saturday 28 August – Opera House, Wellington w/ live band The Senses
Saturday 4 September – Town Hall, Auckland 
w/ live band The Senses

Tickets on sale from 12pm, Thursday 10th June via TroyKingi.com

Black Sea Golden Ladder is out on Friday 18th June on CD and vinyl LP through Border and available on all digital platforms.

Press release:

Troy Kingi’s fifth, ("folk") instalment, in his 1O 1O 1O Series, (10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres) is due for release June 18th.

A collaboration with award winning artist and producer Delaney Davidson, this album was written and recorded as part of the Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency in Wellington – a partnership be-tween the Governor General and Massey University that was established in 2016 to encourage and promote the development of Māori and Pasifika visual arts and creative practices.

As artist in residence Troy had the opportunity to live as a guest in a cottage at Government House and also to be involved in workshops and outreach programmes with secondary & tertiary stu-dents.

"It is the most personal of all my albums – the first one I feel that is truly about me." Troy Kingi – KeriKeri, April 2021

Troy Kingi and Delaney Davidson will take to the road this August, playing the album live, in shows across the country.

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

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delaneydavidson.com/

Troy Kingi Announces New Album Shares Single Video Call My Name

Annabel Kean / Friday 14th May, 2021 10:15AM

  
  

Troy Kingi is inching closer to the halfway point of his 10 10 10 Series: Ten albums, ten genres, ten years. Wrapping up the roll out of the funkified The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, Kingi now swaps out his soul stylings for folk twang and twelves strings on Black Sea Golden Ladder. Co-produced with Ōtautahi folk / country stalwart Delaney Davidson, who also plays a variety of instruments on the record, Kingi says "It is the most personal of all my albums – the first one I feel that is truly about me", and was written over an intensive four day period at the Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency apartment on Pōneke’s Clyde Wharf, created with support from NZ On Air. Each track dives deep into a different part of life, from birth to death, with the lead single ‘Call My Name’ unearthing school day memories, written by Davidson, Kingi and Kingi’s daughter. Shot at the Youth And Adults In the Music Industry Summit in Wanaka earlier this month (where the duo performed and ran workshops) the vintage-look video features summit attendees to the knee-slapping new tune…

Troy Kingi’s ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’ is out June 18th via AAA Records.

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troykingi.bandcamp.com/
delaneydavidson.bandcamp.com/

Reb Fountain Awarded Taite Music Prize 2021

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Frances Carter
/ Wednesday 21st April, 2021 9:49AM

  
  

The twelfth annual Taite Music Prize was indeed a glitzy and glamorous occasion last night, returning to Tāmaki Makaurau’s Q Theatre after necessarily switching to a livestream format for 2020’s Covid-derailed ceremony. This year’s awards felt reflective of the significant challenges faced by Aotearoa music industry over the past 12 months, acknowledged in MC Sarah Thomson‘s (95bFM) introductory speech. In many ways the public face of the Save Our Venues fundraising campaign to support independent venues across NZ during dire times for gigs, Reb Fountain was awarded the Taite Music Prize for her 2020 self-titled album, while representatives of the Whammy Bar community Na Noise took away the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award for their album Waiting For You, both up against stiff competition in an anyone-can-call-it kind of year. Notably, Na Noise drummer / keyboardist Christopher Varnham also has a Taite Prize under his belt for his work with Street Chant on their 2016 album Hauora.

Kicking off with a spectacular performance by Troy Kingi and band of ‘Ethiopia’ from his 2020 Taite Music Prize winning album with the Upperclass Holy Colony Burning Acres, attendees were also treated to a jaw-dropping live performance by Patea Māori Club of their 1983 te reo single ‘Poi E‘, recognised for their groundbreaking work as this year’s recipients of the IMNZ Classic Record Award. Presented to "a New Zealand person who assists our NZ musicians to grow and find their own unique pathways," this year’s Independent Spirit Award was given to Pete Rainey and Glenn Common of Smokefree Rockquest, for their contribution to music through 33 years of encouraging young emerging Aotearoa artists to make their mark. Rounded off with a commanding Na Noise cover of Taite winner Reb Fountain’s ‘Faster’, the 2021 presentation was a triumphant return following last year’s uncertainties for our music community. Roving UTR reporters Annabel Kean and Chris Cudby were there documenting the event, interviewing winners and asking punters to "rotate for the Taites" — check out our Insta-stories over here for the full low down (better move fast before they vanish).

Dylan Pellett, General Manager Independent Music New Zealand said, "It’s astounding to me that we can celebrate together tonight and show off the talented artists that live and create in Aotearoa. What a privilege to present this event on behalf of our membership and the wider music community. Top work everyone!"

RNZ’s Charlotte Ryan enthused: "Na Noise captured me with their psychedelic, hypnotizing guitars and vocals. Their sound and vibe remind me of bands from the past, singing cool pop songs with warped vocals and dark sonic undertones. Their debut was impressive, I’m excited to see what they do next."

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Interview John Psathas CubaSonic CubaDupa 2021

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 10:38AM

  
  

Pōneke annual tradition CubaDupa returns this weekend with an absolutely jam-packed and family friendly programme of free musical events, cultural activities and tasty food to tuck into on Saturday and Sunday. There’s tonnes of options for music lovers — including performances by Troy Kingi, Hans Pucket (with full horn section), JessB, an all female fronted lineup on the ​Garage Project Wild Workshop Stage ​programmed by ​Gussie Larkin​ of ​Mermaidens, the debut of the the Ngā Toi o Te Aro stage showcasing Māori artists, te reo and tikanga Māori in Te Aro Park, stages presented by Valhalla and Eyegum, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We recommend you scope out the full schedule over on the CubaDupa site to help plan out your weekend.

In many ways summing up the impressively huge scale of CubaDupa 2021 will be the CubaSonic "ten minute mass musical interruption", spearheaded by John Psathas and happening twice — from 5:00pm on Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday. A mammoth project in its own right, CubaSonic features over "300 musicians lining the street, twelve conductors above the crowd, [and] a custom-made overhead sound system," including a locally made device named the Chime Red, utilising a Tesla Coil to bring together music and lightning (scroll downwards for a video). Now calling Waitārere his home, we recently caught up with the internationally celebrated, award-winning Greek New Zealand composer who generously provided insights into what onlookers can look forward to when CubaSonic literally takes over Cuba Street this week…


CubaDupa

Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021 – Cuba Street Precinct, Wellington (free)

20 stages and creative zones featuring 470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa

Head along to www.cubadupa.co.nz for the full programme and schedule

CubaSonic – Cuba Street, Wellington (free)
Saturday 27th March, 5:00pm to 5:10pm
Sunday 28th March, 2:30pm to 2:40pm

More info HERE

Chris Cudby: Hi John, can you please describe what will be taking place for the CubaSonic mass music sonic interruption?

John Psathas: Well I don’t want to give too much away, but…

I love CubaDupa. It’s a kaleidoscopic maze of sensory overload. What I love most about it is the palpable sense of Wellington’s vibrancy. That energy is always there, peripherally, but it only fully emerges at key moments (festivals, protests, graduation, etc). CubaDupa is one of Wellington’s primary lightning rods, generating and releasing a massive, positive energy charge into the city every year. One of my late-March rituals of recent years was descending through Brooklyn Park to the top of Cuba Street and being immersed in this spiralling-under-control carnival. My preferred approach is to have no idea what’s happening, or when, and roam the site all day and night, just letting it happen to me. But roaming the site, I realised the experience was a strongly localised one. “I’m here at….top of Cuba….Swan Lane Carpark….Leeds Street”, always aware that the tiny spot I was occupying was part of a much larger festival footprint.

So I had a grand idea. What was missing was a way of somehow experiencing, all at once, a much greater part of the overall CubaDupa site. What would it be like to be at the corner of Cuba and Abel Smith streets and be part of a dynamic, synchronized, experience that allows me to feel and hear what’s happening near the buckets in Cuba Mall? Or in the carpark by Floridita’s? Music could achieve that. We’d only need hundreds of musicians, a massive sound system spread across multiple city blocks, and be able to overcome a sequence of challenges we couldn’t yet imagine. That’s what a grand idea is; a form of crazy.

CubaSonic sounds like an absolutely vast undertaking. How long has this event been in the works for? What kind of logistics are involved in co-ordinating such a large scale, public event? Are you working with a technical team to make it happen?

Originally scheduled for 2019, CubaSonic was pulled as the entire CubaDupa Festival had to go indoors at the last minute. This was due to the terrorist threat-level escalation following the Christchurch Mosque shootings. We rescheduled for March 2020 but this time the entire Festival was postponed as the pandemic took hold. There are a few fingers crossed in 2021, I can tell you.

There’s a wonderful technical team, headed by Chris Winter, in control of the sound, and there’s the entire team at CubaDupa managing the actual performances.

Logistically there are two main undertakings; the first is coordinating the hundreds of live musicians, and the second is setting up and running the massive sound system spanning most of Cuba Street. Sound is very dynamic in CubaSonic; there’s incredible sound design by the brilliantly talented Nick Veale, racing through the sound system and, at the same time, and in sync, sound moves physically through the multitude of live performers. It’s pretty awesome.

 

Why did you choose to ‘go big’ with CubaSonic? Have you created works on such a scale previously?

I have created and collaborated on quite a few large-scale works. The Athens Olympics were the biggest in scale, but No Man’s Land came pretty close, with 150 musicians from 25 countries. I also have Voices at the End coming up at the Auckland Arts Festival [this took place last weekend]. This is for 6 grand pianos woven into a massive cinematic soundtrack; we’re installing an immense surround-sound system lining the inside of the Auckland Town Hall.

CubaSonic started off as a terrific thought experiment. But why do it? What’s the actual payoff? Well, thousands of people getting a much larger sense of the CubaDupa site together is actually a way of getting a stronger sense of ourselves—together, in this place at this time. It’s the massed ‘us’ in real time, aware of the ‘all of us’ lining those streets, spread out over three iconic blocks of this fantastic city. The payoff is connection, and a momentary antidote to division and isolation.

Festivals offer unique opportunities for such ambitious ideas. Outdoor festivals even more so. At their best they give us experiences we never forget, experiences that exceed our expectations both in the witnessing of art and in the moments of massed connection that sneak up and take us by surprise. CubaDupa is an incredible canvas to create with. CubaSonic 2021, in the heart of Cuba Street, will be vast, epic, and monumental.

There’ll also be a Chime Red lightning / music device involved — what role does that locally invented instrument play in Cubasonic?

This is a Tesla Coil that can be played like a musical instrument. Amazingly, I was able to go and play the Tesla part live (from a keyboard), and we recorded it to be fired around the sound-system during the performances.

CubaSonic sounds significant in the context of Aotearoa being one of the only places on the planet right now where large scale music events can take place, due to Covid-19. Are there any specific issues you’re addressing with the work, and / or any specific inspirations for CubaSonic?

You will have seen the international media’s acknowledgement of the recent Six60 performances. It seems there’s a strong global awareness right now of NZ’s ability to publicly gather for large-scale music and sporting events. It’s hard to find the right words to express just how lucky we are. I’d like to think this boosts our feeling of celebration and our cherishing of these events.

CubaSonic is described as a "ten minute mass musical interruption" — what is it interrupting? Why is CubaSonic happening twice?

What’s it interrupting? Come and see ;o)

As for why it’s happening twice, we wanted to make sure as many people as possible could have the experience. But here’s the thing; the nature of the CubaSonic experience means that if you stand in one spot for the first performance (say outside Duck Island Ice Cream), you’ll have a completely different experience if you’re outside Fidel’s for the second performance. This is what I love most about the project, everybody will have a vastly different experience of it depending on where they are at the time.

Jack Hooker and yourself spearheaded last year’s It’s Already Tomorrow collection, which featured Aotearoa artists (including Purple Pilgrims, Arjuna Oakes and Grayson Gilmour) creating works in collaboration with overseas artists. What sparked that project?

Covid specifically. That project was triggered by Jack and I talking about what we could do to help musicians keep creative momentum and collaborative energy alive during lockdown. It was really starting to take its toll on a lot of people we knew (which makes it really depressing to think now of what our musician friends in many other countries are going through, after a full year of off-and-on lockdown). I would love to do more projects like that. It’s incredibly rewarding bringing people together for such positive collaborations.

What other projects do you have in the works currently? How’s life in Waitārere?

Waitārere is awesome. I’ve attached a couple of photos. I left teaching over two years ago and have spent about 80% of my time since then in Waitārere composing. A great deal of that time I was completely alone, immersed in creative work for weeks and months at a time. It’s something I wish on all creatives; a really incredible journey of artistic growth. I’ve been very lucky with work; I have years of commissions ahead and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. At the moment I’m putting the finishing touches on a commission from Koln, Germany, for 4 percussion soloists, symphony orchestra, pre-recorded soundtrack and live electronics. Nearly all of my projects are overseas and the great thing is that I’m engaged entirely with optimists; people and organisations that believe we will get through what’s going on right now, and music will re-emerge, worldwide, stronger than ever.

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CubaDupa 2021 Nga Toi o Te Aro Stage Final Lineup Announced

Chris Cudby / Image: Amba Holly / Wednesday 10th March, 2021 12:38PM

  
  

Pōneke seems to have its outdoor festival game sewn up, as the newly announced full lineup for CubaDupa 2021 is a FOMO-inducing one indeed for those living outside of the capital. Featuring a massive schedule of 500 events with 1750 artists, the annual extravaganza unveils today their newest addition, the Ngā Toi o Te Aro stage curated by CubaDupa Ngā Toi Māori Director Noel Woods (Te Āti Awa / Ngāti Porou / Ngāruahine) — showcasing Māori artists, te reo and tikanga Māori in Te Aro Park. The stage will feature 32 acts over the two day community festival, with the majority of performances in te reo Māori.

The top tier lineup includes Pere Wihongi of Tui Best Māori Artist of the year award winners Maimoa, Waiata Māori Music award winners and finalists Amba Holly, Kristen te Rito, Majic, Maaka Fiso and NLC, while hip hop heads will be stoked with the sounds of DMC champion DJ Gooda and six-time New Zealand Beatbox Champion King Homeboy (world record holder for the longest individual beatboxing marathon). Kapa haka performances and wānanga will be held in the park throughout the weekend, including Wānanga Taonga Pūoro where attendees can learn to make their own kōauau and porotiti, and the Wānanga Rāranga where audiences can learn to weave a putiputi and make their own poi, led by weaving collective Te Rito Maioha.

Director Noel Woods stated: “Kia rongohia te reo, kia kōrerohia te reo, kia kitea te reo, kia Māori te reo. Let the Māori language and culture be heard, in conversation, and seen worldwide so that it becomes normalised. I am so excited with this great opportunity to showcase our language and culture at one of Aotearoa’s largest street festivals”

Along with the welcome addition of the Ngā Toi o Te Aro stage, the jam-packed programme for CubaDupa 2021 promises to showcase a vast variety of local sounds, featuring performances by Troy Kingi, JessB, Hans Pucket, composer ​John Psathas‘ Cubasonic "mass musical interruption" and absolutely tonnes more.


CubaDupa

Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021 – Cuba Street Precinct, Wellington (free)

500+ performances and 20 parades with over 1750 artists

Head along to www.cubadupa.co.nz for the full programme and daily schedule

Check out Pere Wihongi’s 2019 hit ‘High On Ingoingo’…

Experience Amba Holly’s video for 2020 single ‘Tōku Reo’…

Press release:

CubaDupa, New Zealand’s most diverse and creative street festival, has released its final line up and daily schedule for the festival which will be held on the weekend of March 27-28, 2021

The final line-up brings the festival to a massive 19+ hours of curated entertainment across 46 stages and creative zones, delivering 500+ performances and 20 parades with over 1750 artists. A comprehensive daily schedule has been released on the CubaDupa website for audiences to begin planning now.

The newest addition to the beloved festival is Ngā Toi o Te Aro in Te Aro Park. The park will be transformed to showcase Māori artists, te reo and tikanga Māori. Ngā Toi o Te Aro stage, programmed by CubaDupa Ngā Toi Māori Director, Noel Woods (Te Āti Awa/Ngāti Porou/Ngāruahine), will showcase 32 acts and 18 hours of programming across the 2 days with the majority of performances in te reo Māori.

A whakatau will signal the start of CubaDupa, led by Te Āti Awa iwi members through taonga pūoro, taiaha, karanga, haka and karakia. Ngā Toi o Te Aro stage will be streamed worldwide on radio and social media platforms with a collaboration between Āti Awa Toa FM and Te Ūpoko o te Ika Radio.

Festival Director, Gerry Paul says “2021 has seen CubaDupa take an exciting step forward by creating a space at the festival dedicated to Kaupapa Māori. In consultation with Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Trust, the Creative Capital Arts Trust (producers of CubaDupa & NZ Fringe) have created a specific role and appointed Noel Woods as our Ngā Toi Māori Director, to develop a Kaupapa Māori programme and showcase Māori arts practitioners at the festival”.

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Heres 5 Hans Puckets Favourite NZ Film Soundtracks CubaDupa 2021

Chris Cudby / Hans Pucket
/ Tuesday 2nd March, 2021 9:12AM

  
  

Aotearoa is currently back at various levels of alert, but that doesn’t mean we can’t collectively cross our fingers (or alternative arcane ritual) and look forward to the bevy of awesome live events scheduled to happen soon. Barring any more Covid curveballs, Pōneke annual tradition CubaDupa 2021 will be happening on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March — taking over the avenues and alleyways of Cuba Street Precinct with a vast variety of local sounds, cultural activities and tasty food options for windy city dwellers to tuck into.

Playing as part of CubaDupa this year are newly expanded four-piece Hans Pucket, who’ll be bringing the party with the special addition of full horn section. As beloved for their stylish, self-directed and frequently very funny music videos as for their eminently danceable "Pure Horny Power Pop" anthems, we invited twin brothers Oli and Callum Devlin to discuss their deep connection with Aotearoa’s cinematic history for their Here’s Five selections. Scroll on down to listen and learn all about Hans Pucket’s favourite NZ film soundtracks, and (touch wood) catch them bringing the magic as part of the festival’s star-studded music programme, including Troy Kingi, JessB, composer ​John PsathasCubasonic "mass musical interruption" plus lots more…


CubaDupa

Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021 – Cuba Street Precinct, Wellington (free)

20 stages and creative zones featuring 470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa

Head along to www.cubadupa.co.nz for the full programme

1. Eagle vs Shark (2007) – ‘I Love You, Awesome’ by The Phoenix Foundation

Oli Devlin: This was my first time hearing pop wizards The Phoenix Foundation, take the humble acoustic guitar, an omnichord, a glockenspiel and — apparently — a salsa jar of water used as a shaker — and create unknown worlds of strange, sad beauty: the gorgeous instrumental tracks Hitchcock and Sea World taken from the album Pegasus.

But for whatever reason — I Love You, Awesome was the track that stuck in my brain. Maybe I was 14 and a romantic. Maybe it was The Phoenix Foundation’s nuclear precise pop arrangement. Maybe it was just 2007 when the ukulele was maybe the coolest it was ever gonna get — the time of Beirut’s Elephant Gun and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, who I was also obsessed with.

Also featured on this soundtrack, and new to my wee ears, was two explosively endorphin-filled garage rock pop masterpieces from The Reduction Agents — James Milne of Lawrence Arabia.

As a hopelessly romantic 14 year old I connected deeply to this film about absolute weirdos finding love. And as much as the characters were frighteningly earnest or emotionally guarded, the music was well off the leash. The film conjured a country of creative weirdos and wild music that I definitely wanted to live in. It was a big deal.

2. Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001) – ‘The Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All’ by Howard Shore

Oli: Fellowship Of The Ring came out in December 2001 — Callum and I went to see it for our 8th birthday party in February the next year when it was still packing out cinemas. We probably saw trailers for 2002 fare like Scooby Doo, Attack of the Clones or the Toby McGuire Spider-Man (incredible). Then the lights went down.

It is the overture that pulls you into another world. That main string melody — sick with loss, obsession, addiction, all the despair in the world, the thousands of years that pass in that scene…Then immediately going into the biggest and scariest battle ever — 8 year old Oli absolutely ate that shit right up.

It takes a little effort to watch the film now without all the associated politics creeping in. Some say this trilogy is Jackson’s most collaborative and inspiring work as a director and it still shows. Every artist collaborating on this film is firing on all cylinders — and in every single moment of its music — over 3 hours composed just for this film — Howard Shore rains absolute magic.

Big shoutouts to the Isengard Theme, the Khazad-dum Sequence and of course, The Fellowship Theme.

3. Daffodils (2019) – ‘Fall At Your Feet’ (Crowded House) by LIPS (Steph Brown and Fen Ikner)

Callum Devlin: This is a movie absolutely bursting with music, with a story built wall to wall with blockbuster NZ anthems. My main memory of seeing the film was being mortified at seeing my giant face as an extra in a particularly emotional moment, but the production and musical arrangement of these inimitable tracks by LIPS are undeniable, and a huge part of the success of this film. And some stellar vocal performances don’t hurt.

4. Shopping (2013) – ‘Solomon’s Story I’ by Grayson Gilmore

Callum: Shamefully, I had totally forgotten I’d seen this beautiful film until researching this list. Grayson Gilmore’s soothing ambient score has a kind of home demo feeling, in a “stay up until 2am recording guitar onto a tape recorder hoping my flatmates don’t hear” kind of way. It perfectly fits this intimate, coming of age film and revisiting it on Bandcamp made me desperate for a rewatch.


5. Goodbye Pork Pie – ‘Gerry Escapades’ & ‘Main Theme’ by John Charles

Callum: I could have filled this list with Geoff Murphy and John Charles collaborations (hon. mention A Quiet Earth) but this is the one that sticks out. I first saw this movie on DVD when I was sick home from school and remember it scared the shit out of me. First, because these guys are maniacs, and second was the score. Underneath the crackly honking sound design and yelled dialogue sits this brassy score that swings from giddy Dixie comedy in early antics to haunting and bleary suspense during the final chase, and the woozy sexy main title, really crawling into your sinuses. The jazz band orchestration is something very of its time, making me curious about a country I didn’t know and probably doesn’t exist.

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Second Lineup Announced For CubaDupa 2021 Ft JessB Chantal Claret More

Chris Cudby / Image: JessB
/ Wednesday 3rd February, 2021 10:00AM

  
  

The capital’s mighty CubaDupa festival returns this summer to take over the avenues and alleyways of Cuba Street Precinct, featuring a vast variety of local sounds, cultural activities and tasty food options to tuck into over the weekend of March 27-28, 2021. A second wave of musical artists has been revealed to round out the family friendly, free street festival’s already massive lineup, overflowing with "19+ hours of curated entertainment across 20 stages and creative zones," celebrating Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s unique creative spirit with "470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa".

Joining the bill for CubaDupa 2021 are hip hop icon JessB, Aotearoa-based US songwriter / actor Chantal Claret (Netflix’s Love, lead singer of Morningwood), Paekakariki-based French songwriter ​Franck Monnet will make his first NZ festival appearance, Tāmaki avant big band ​New Telepathics, and horn-infused North Shore groovers Molly and the Chromatics​. Pillar of our heavy music community, Valhalla will be putting a dark spin on the summer fun, offering "a unique experience for alternative music lovers; featuring thrash metal, metal inspired by science fiction and horror, and dungeon synth," while the hard-working Eyegum gang are teaming up with Hotel Bristol ​to showcase more than 13 local live faves, including ​French for Rabbits​, ​Grawlixes, Hummucide, Bored Housewives Club, Dartz, Spectre Collective ​and ​Goya.

All that on top of an already mega-stacked lineup including Taite Prize winner Troy Kingi, guitar-pop champs Hans Pucket (with full horn section), New Orleans brass band party starters Richter City Rebels, Christchurch indie rock / pop tunesmiths There’s a Tuesday, an all female fronted lineup on the ​Garage Project Wild Workshop Stage (​programmed by ​Gussie Larkin​ of ​Mermaidens​), the debut of the ​RadioActive​ ​Upper Cuba SoundSphere, and the Cubasonic "mass musical interruption" spearheaded by Aotearoa composer ​John Psathas — involving "over 300 musicians lining the street, twelve conductors above the crowd, [and] a custom-made overhead sound system."

Festival Director Gerry Paul shared his excitement for this year’s CubaDupa festival: ​“We couldn’t be more excited about the second announcement of artists, vendors and external stages. The programme that has been pulled together by our creative community is astronomical. With only two months until the beautiful disruption of CubaDupa hits the streets, the team are buzzing and we feel privileged to be in a position to hold festivals. Aotearoa is the envy of the world right now – so join us on the last weekend of March and get ready for Wellington to turn it on!”

CubaDupa

Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021 – Cuba Street Precinct, Wellington (free)

20 stages and creative zones featuring 470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa

Head along to www.cubadupa.co.nz for the full programme

You don’t want to miss JessB, get amped with the summery clip for her 2019 anthem ‘Mood’…

Press release:

CubaDupa, New Zealand’s most diverse and creative street festival, has released its second wave of an additional 30 artists, 30 external stages and creative zones, and the first 40 Street Feast vendors for the festival which will be held on the weekend of March 27-28, 2021

Jess B,​ Aotearoa’s undeniable queen of hip hop graces the CubaDupa stage on the Saturday. NZ based American actress & songwriter ​Chantal Claret, k​nown for her role in the Netflix hit series ‘Love’ and as lead singer in the band Morningwood,​ ​will bring us her one-of-a-kind ​fusion of earthy soul and boot-scootin’ stomp. ​Renowned French Singer-Songwriter ​Franck Monnet,​ based in Paekakariki, will honor CubaDupa with his first ever New Zealand festival performance.

Auckland’s eleven-piece ​New Telepathics​ will bring an avant-garde explosion to the streets of Te Aro and to coincide with the CubaDupa appearance, they will be releasing a ‘best of’ vinyl featuring two new tracks. ​Molly and the Chromatics​ will fill the CubaDupa Sunday afternoon with their harmonies, horns and groovy tunes.
Te Kairanga Wines​ is the newest partner of this juggernaut festival and will be presenting the ​Te Kairanga Street Feast. ​Enjoy over 100 local food stalls offering a diverse range of local vendors and culinary experiences; including the triumphant return of the ​Wellington Night Market ​who have been closed since the March lockdown.

New for 2021 is the ​Wellington Airport Ngā Taniwha Stage​, designed by Wellington wāhine toa artists; Miriama Grace-Smith​, ​Xoe Hall ​and ​Gina Kiel​. The design will feature the Whanganui-a-Tara taniwha Ngake and Whātaitai, as well as people woven throughout the taniwha representing the first iwi Ngai Tara that Te-Whanganui-a-Tara is named after, their descendants, mana whenua and people who live in the area today.

On the neighbourhood level, Cuba Street’s local businesses have been busy organising their own stages and programmes as part of the festival. ​Valhalla​ is offering a unique experience for alternative music lovers; featuring thrash metal, metal inspired by science fiction and horror, and dungeon synth. Wellington’s favourite music collective ​Eyegum ​has teamed up with ​Hotel Bristol ​to bring you a whole weekend of free music with over 13 bands including ​French for Rabbits​, ​Grawlixes, HUMMUCIDE, Bored Housewives Club, Dartz, Spectre Collective ​and ​Goya,​ just to name a few.

‘The world’s smallest theatre’ ​Tiny Town​ will feature a wild and varying line up of tap dancing, DJs, Cabaret and sultry​ Jazz for five audience members at a time.​ ​Hugo Grrrl, Colossal, 3 Speed Crunch Box, Rollicking Entertainment​ and ​Humourous Arts​ will ignite your imagination and sense at The Mammoth​ as part of the Kāpura Circus & Cabaret Programme.

CubaDupa is held on the weekend of March 27-28, throughout the Cuba Street Precinct in Wellington. For latest details of artists, vendors and stages visit ​www.cubadupa.co.nz​.

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Heres Five Troy Kingi Unveils His Favourite Ghost Songs

Chris Cudby / Troy Kingi
/ Tuesday 12th January, 2021 9:56AM

  
  

Riding high from winning the 2020 Taite Music Prize for his politically charged dub-reggae opus Holy Colony Burning Acres, Troy Kingi is ready to embark on the next phase of his decade-long 10 10 10 Series. Seemingly designed to test whether there are any limits at all to the songwriter / actor’s talents, Kingi’s massively ambitious project aims to release 10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres, with the forthcoming fifth instalment being a folk-inspired collaboration with none other than Lyttelton icon Delaney Davidson. Kingi will be giving fans a very special preview of the new record as part of The 48th Auckland Folk Festival lineup (which also features Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders and many more), happening at Kumeu Showgrounds over Auckland Anniversary weekend in late January / early February — hot on the heels of the last year’s funk-soul long player The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, a reflection on childhood and memories of family life, sparked by the discovery of a mysterious cassette tape while going through his missing father’s belongings in 2007.

In advance of his 2021 Auckland Folk Festival appearance, Troy Kingi generously name-checked some of his favourite ghost-themed tunes and provided accompanying words of wisdom. Delve into his spiritual selections below and don’t you dare miss Kingi this summer…


The 48t​h​ Auckland Folk Festival – Kumeu Showgrounds, Auckland

Auckland Anniversary weekend – Friday 29th January to Monday 1st February 2021

Featuring… Troy Kingi, The Eastern, Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, The Black Quartet, The Harmonic Resonators, Aro, Jenny Mitchell, BEING., Looking for Alaska, Sadie & Jay, Liddiard and Louise, Gerry Paul and The Elephant Tree Band, Shimna’s List, Rough Town, Raylee Bradfield, Songs from the Old Country, Ethno Aotearoa, Polytropos, John Sutherland, Rhubarb, Gavin & Cara

Tickets are on sale now via Eventfinda (children under 10 are free all weekend)

Head over to www.aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz for the 2021 Auckland Folk Festival timetable

1. Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders in the Sky

I recently had the chance to cover this for a tv commercial, also – Johnny Cash is the Shit.


2. Radiohead – Give up the Ghost

Thom Yorke has the most haunting voice in history – hands down.

3. Spirit – The Other Song

Bit of a cheat – but this song by Spirit would be in my top 20 songs of all time.

4. Ghostface Killa & Adrian Younge – Get The Money

Another cheat but I had to find a way to get Adrian Younge’s production in there, thank you Ghostface.

5. Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters theme song

Can’t have a list without the granddaddy of them all.

Troy Kingi’s latest album ‘The Ghost of Freddie Cesar’ is out now digitally, on compact disc and limited edition vinyl LP via Triple A Records.

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CubaDupa Festival Returns In March 2021 Ft Troy Kingi Hans Pucket More

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 30th November, 2020 10:24AM

  
  

Summer starts tomorrow and we’re absolutely fiending for some outdoor festival fun, so we’re stoked to hear Wellington annual tradition CubaDupa is returning to brighten up the capital’s central city streets with a vast variety of creative events, activities and delectable food / drinks options, happening over the weekend of March 27-28, 2021. Jam-packed with "19+ hours of curated entertainment across 20 stages and creative zones," the family friendly, free street festival will be celebrating Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s unique creative spirit with "470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa".

Pulling out all the stops, CubaDupa’s genre-spanning music programme features such crowd pleasing favourites as 2020 Taite Music Prize winer Troy Kingi, local guitar-pop champs Hans Pucket with full horn section, New Orleans brass band party starters Richter City Rebels, Christchurch indie rock / pop tunesmiths There’s a Tuesday, an all female fronted lineup on the ​Garage Project Wild Workshop Stage (​programmed by ​Gussie Larkin​ of ​Mermaidens​), the debut of the ​RadioActive​ ​Upper Cuba SoundSphere, the highly intriguing Ping Pong Party People​ (who’ll be searching "for the King of Ping in an ultimate table tennis championship rave"), and lots more to enjoy and explore. Activating Cuba Street Precinct’s bustling streets will be the hugely ambitious Cubasonic "mass musical interruption" spearheaded by Aotearoa composer ​John Psathas — involving "over 300 musicians lining the street, twelve conductors above the crowd, a custom-made overhead sound system. Psathas will be joined by ensembles including ​Orchestra Wellington​​, ​Royal New Zealand Air Force Band​, ​The Nudge​, ​Boat​ and nearly 100​ Batucada drummers."

Those aforementioned events are just the tip of the creatively diverse iceberg, with specially commissioned visual art installations, workshops, cabaret shows and mouthwatering ​Street Feast guaranteed to satisfy the senses — head over the the CubaDupa website for the full low-down and grip the details below. Festival Director Gerry Paul shared his excitement for the forthcoming extravaganza…

“After a tough year, ​Cuba Dupa 2021 will be just the tonic we all need. The streets will be alive with surprises around every corner and our most ambitious, most creative and most diverse programme ever. We will be there celebrating our community, our artists and the businesses that give Cuba Street and Wellington its unique character.”

CubaDupa

Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021 – Cuba Street Precinct, Wellington (free)

20 stages and creative zones featuring 470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa

Head along to www.cubadupa.co.nz for the full programme

Press release:

Wellington’s Cuba Street Precinct is set to come alive as CubaDupa, New Zealand’s most diverse and creative street festival, confirms plans for a full street festival on the weekend of March 27-28, 2021

Returning to the streets with its most ambitious programme ever; CubaDupa will offer 19+ hours of curated entertainment across 20 stages and creative zones, delivering 470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa.

A turnout of 100,000 friends, whanau and neighbours is expected, and CubaDupa wants all of NZ to reset their frequency, channel their inner CubaDupa and join the beautiful disruption in Wellington.

Festival Director Gerry Paul says ​“After a tough year, ​Cuba Dupa 2021 will be just the tonic we all need. The streets will be alive with surprises around every corner and our most ambitious, most creative and most diverse programme ever. We will be there celebrating our community, our artists and the businesses that give Cuba Street and Wellington its unique character.”

Music is the beating heart of CubaDupa, with a diverse free live music programme showcasing almost every genre and artists from all over Aotearoa. Multi-award winning musician ​Troy Kingi ​will hit the stage with a high-energy set. ​Richter City Rebels ​all-star 10-piece​ ​will ​bring the ultimate Mardi Gras party vibes ​blending ​RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk with the heart and soul of New Orleans brass band music.

Christchurch’s T​ here’s a Tuesday ​will explode onto the scene with their exciting female-fronted 4-piece indie rock/pop band. ​ NZ based US siblings ​Deva Mahal, Zoe Moon, ​and​ Imon Starr,​ combine their singing, playing and songwriting talents to form Blue-Reggae band ​Black Pacific.

Local Wellington legends ​Hans Pucket w​ ill perform their pure power pop hits with a full horn section, and emerging local rockers ​H4LF CĀST ​will chug through their bangers; hot on the trail to release their debut album in 2021.

Musicians, sound experiences, and immersive electronic wizardry become a cornerstone of the 2021 CubaDupa with the festival’s most ambitious project ever, ​Cubasonic​. The mass musical interruption—conceived by New Zealand’s leading composer ​John Psathas​—involves over 300 musicians lining the street, twelve conductors above the crowd, a custom-made overhead sound system. Psathas will be joined by ensembles including ​Orchestra Wellington​​, ​Royal New Zealand Air Force Band​, ​The Nudge​, ​Boat​ and nearly 100​ Batucada drummers.

The ​RadioActive​ ​Upper Cuba SoundSphere​ debuts in 2021. Experience an abundance of dance music, street theatre and art activations taking place in Abel Smith and Upper Cuba Street. Join ​The Ping Pong Party People​ on their search for the King of Ping in an ultimate table tennis championship rave. Head over to ​Shabby Salon​ for a drop-dead gorgeous makeover and attend your own faux funeral. If that’s a little gloomy for you, get married at the Cuba Chapel instead.
Feast your eyes on the newly commissioned visual art installation at the ​Wellington Airport Swan Stage by female art cohort which consists of local artists ​Miriama Grace-Smith, Xoë Hall ​and​ Gina Kiel. ​Also new for 2021 is an all female fronted line-up on the ​Garage Project Wild Workshop Stage, ​programmed by ​Gussie Larkin​ of ​Mermaidens​.

Returning for 2021 is the ​The Mammoth​ circus tent on Ghuznee Street where you’ll find energetic performances and workshops by day, and saucy cabaret shows by night. The ​Street Feast ​also returns to CubaDupa, with over 100 food stalls and a diverse and tantalizing range of local vendors and culinary experiences.
The 2021 festival will take place on 27 and 28 March, 2021 throughout the Cuba Street Precinct in Wellington. For full details visit ​www.cubadupa.co.nz​.

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Auckland Folk Festival 2021 Full Lineup Announced Ft Troy Kingi BEING More

Chris Cudby / Artwork credit: David Jones
/ Wednesday 18th November, 2020 10:31AM

  
  

The jaw-dropping jam-packed full lineup has been revealed for the 48th Auckland Folk Festival, happening over three days at Kumeu Showgrounds during Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Fri 29th Jan – Mon 1st Feb) in early 2021. Genre-spanning 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi and Tāmaki songwriter BEING. are new additions to the already bustling bill of folk / blues / roots-inspired artists from throughout Aotearoa, which features such significant figures as Best Country Artist 2020 Tui winners Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, Cantabrian favourites The Eastern, 2019 NZ Country Artist of the Year Jenny Mitchell and many more.

Amongst the full spectrum of musical goings ons will be a special session called Songs from the Old Country, curated by Olivia Sumich and hosting a diverse array of performances — including Dalmatian Klapa Slapa (an Africa through New Orleans via Cuba session with Craig Denham), Tui Mamaki with The Bulgarian Roses, and a learn how to dance session with The Cuban Groove. Children under 10 are free all weekend and there’ll be lots of family friendly activities for everyone, including a Kids Stage and Kids Zone, family picnic, kids dance, nighttime tales, instrument making and even a parade!

“We are very proud of our 2021 lineup. This past year has been challenging for everyone in the music community and so to present such a diverse and inclusive lineup, that is 100% local, is amazing.

Auckland Folk Festival has always been proud of the diversity it has presented over the years. In 2021 we have stepped this up and are incredibly excited to share a group of New Zealand artists that will challenge, surprise and broaden what people think of when they hear the word folk. This is all the different sides of folk found in Aotearoa, and with this in mind, the festival is set to be the perfect three day celebration." — Artistic Director Finn McLennan-Elliott

The 48t​h​ Auckland Folk Festival – Kumeu Showgrounds, Auckland

Auckland Anniversary weekend – Friday 29th January to Monday 1st February 2021

Featuring… Troy Kingi, The Eastern, Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, The Black Quartet, The Harmonic Resonators, Aro, Jenny Mitchell, BEING., Looking for Alaska, Sadie & Jay, Liddiard and Louise, Gerry Paul and The Elephant Tree Band, Shimna’s List, Rough Town, Raylee Bradfield, Songs from the Old Country, Ethno Aotearoa, Polytropos, John Sutherland, Rhubarb, Gavin & Cara

Tickets are on sale now via Eventfinda (children under 10 are free all weekend)

Early bird tickets close 31st December
Festival timetable released Jan 2021

Watch Troy Kingi and the Upper Class perform ‘Mighty Invader’ live at Red Room Studios…

Check out the video for Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders’ foot-stomper ‘Word Gets Around’…

Watch a live video of Being. with band playing ‘Count Me In’ live at a studio above Karangahape Road…

Press release:

The 48th Auckland Folk Festival lineup gets even stronger! Returning in January 2021 with a diverse and eclectic lineup of artists from Aotearoa.

The three day celebration takes place over Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Fri 29th Jan – Mon 1st Feb 2021). Bringing together a unique line up of NZ’s best for a very special 3 day celebration of the broad genre that is ‘folk’.

The man of all genres, Troy Kingi, continues his 10 albums in 10 year journey, with a special preview performance of his upcoming folk record. 2021 will be his first appearance at the Auckland Folk Festival, his performance will be stripped back and will reveal a new string on the bow of this supremely talented performer.

Local indie songstress BEING. joins the lineup. Jasmine Balmer aka BEING. will bring her exquisite songwriting and poetry for an intimate solo performance.

Rounding out this final announcement is a special session called Songs from the Old Country, curated by Olivia Sumich. This series will cross over from stage to Dance Hall on the Saturday of the festival and host a diverse array of performances. Featuring Dalmatian Klapa Slapa, an Africa through New Orleans via Cuba session with Craig Denham, and the bewitching Tui Mamaki with The Bulgarian Roses. Learn how to dance with The Cuban Groove and the Bulgarian Roses in the Dance Hall and take your new moves to the Mill Stage in the afternoon.

These artists join the already announced lineup that includes The Eastern, Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, Jenny Mitchell, and Aro, Looking for Alaska, to name a few. Full line up below.

Our Kids Stage is once again a huge part of the festival, especially for the many families that camp out all weekend. This year will feature the phenomenal Wellingtonian Gerry Paul and The Elephant Tree Band alongside our beloved regulars Rhubarb, Paul Brown and Gavin & Cara. A youth orchestra takes over the Kids Zone on Saturday afternoon and a family picnic, kids dance and nighttime tales closes out the day. Sunday kicks off with a series of concerts before instrument making and a parade. Children under 10 are free all weekend.

“We are very proud of our 2021 lineup. This past year has been challenging for everyone in the music community and so to present such a diverse and inclusive lineup, that is 100% local, is amazing,” Artistic Director Finn McLennan-Elliott comments.

“Auckland Folk Festival has always been proud of the diversity it has presented over the years. In 2021 we have stepped this up and are incredibly excited to share a group of New Zealand artists that will challenge, surprise and broaden what people think of when they hear the word folk. This is all the different sides of folk found in Aotearoa, and with this in mind, the festival is set to be the perfect three day celebration.”

All marquees are covered but open sided, and as will be the song of the summer, the festival will be keeping a close ear for any government announcements or regulations for gatherings and will ensure a safe environment for all. With an entire showgrounds to spread across, there is plenty of space for all.

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Benee Wins 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Harry Were / Thursday 29th October, 2020 10:21AM

  
  

Effervescent Aotearoa pop star Benee aka Stella Bennett and co-writers Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov walked away with the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award last night for their infectious hit ‘Glitter’. Plucked from Benee’s debut EP FIRE ON MARZZZ, this is her second Silver Scroll nomination, following finalist track ‘Soaked’ just last year, and her acceptance speech went along the lines of "This is nuts. Thank you very much. This is crazy". In a most responsible move, the awards went ahead online this year, featuring a series of exceptionally shot and pre-recorded performances of the 2020 finalists’ songs.

Julia Deans of Fur Patrol fame stepped into the music director shoes, curating the awards’ cover performance tradition in its 55th year. Standouts include Delaney Davidson rolling out a delightful bluesy, calypso rendition of Benee’s ‘Glitter’ with Ōtautahi’s All Girl Big Band, Disciple Pati‘s spin on Reb Fountain‘s ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’, and a body-rattling performance from metal thrashers Alien Weaponry, who took on Troy Kingi track ‘Mighty Invader’. Cast your eyes over the glorious winners below, and scroll down to watch the full ceremony…

APRA Silver Scroll Award: Benee – Glitter

APRA Maioha Award: Rob Ruha – Ka Mānu

SOUNZ Contemporary Award – Te Tohu Auaha: Michael Norris – Mātauranga (Rerenga)

APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award: Karl Steven – Come To Daddy

APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award: David Long – The Luminaries

Relive the magical evening in full here…

Benee and her award winning single in a psychedelic, Where The Wild Things Are world…

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Watch The 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards Livestream

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 28th October, 2020 9:30AM

  
  

Following intense speculation, the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award is being presented tonight, with finalists Reb Fountain, Nadia Reid, L.A.B., Benee (the pop star’s second year in a row as a finalist) and 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi in the running for Aotearoa’s highly coveted songwriting prize. While the traditional glitzy large-scale live extravaganza has been shelved this year due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, you can still tune in online and enjoy the full presentation and this evening’s performances of the finalists’ songs, especially curated by 2020 Music Director Julia Deans (Fur Patrol). Alongside the main prize, also presented this evening will be the APRA Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award, APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award. The livestream kicks off at 7.30pm tonight — watch it below…

This year’s Silver Scroll finalists are:

• ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am‘ – written and performed by Reb Fountain

• ‘Get The Devil Out‘ – written and performed by Nadia Reid

• ‘Glitter‘ – written by Stella Bennett, Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov, performed by Benee

• ‘In the Air‘ – written by Arapekanga Adams-Tamatea, Brad Kora, Stuart Kora, Joel Shadbolt, and Miharo Gregory, performed by L.A.B

• ‘Mighty Invader‘ – written and performed by Troy Kingi

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Interview Bic Runga Talks King Sweeties Touring In 2020

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Karen Inderbitzen-Waller / Friday 16th October, 2020 11:52AM

  
  

The ginormous Elemental Nights concert series is upon us, kicked off by Church & AP last weekend at the Hollywood Avondale. Throughout the second half of October there’ll be a dozen more iconic acts sharing their tunes in some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s most magical venues; Hopetoun Alpha, Hollywood Avondale and the Auckland Wintergarden. On the extensive schedule alongside Leisure, Avantdale Bowling Club, Troy Kingi and many more, Bic Runga and Cass Basil’s new group King Sweeties and Opossom take the Tuesday evening Hopetoun Alpha slot next week for King Sweeties’ first ever live performance. This is almost the kick off point for Bic Runga’s own tour (with band featuring Kody Nielson, Michael Logie and Cass Basil), which officially begins on 25th October in Tauranga.

Between rehearsing for three different shows, writing music for two albums and looking after three children, the legendary songwriter so kindly joined me for a chinwag to talk about the absolutely shit storm of a year we are all having. Cast your eyes over the dates for all Elemental Nights shows and Bic Runga’s North Island tour below, and scroll down for the full interview…

Elemental Nights & Elemental Nights: Hopetoun Alpha Series

Saturday 17th October – Leisure, Hopetoun Alpha

Sunday 18th October – Nathan Haines Presents "Songs With My Father", Hopetoun Alpha
Tuesday 20th October – Opossom & King Sweeties, Hopetoun Alpha

Wednesday 21st October – Paige, Maxwell Young & Josie Moon, Hopetoun Alpha

Thursday 22nd October – Daffodils, Hopetoun Alpha

Friday 23rd October – Marlin’s Dreaming, Hopetoun Alpha

Friday 23rd October – Avantdale Bowling Club, Hollywood Avondale

Saturday 24th October – Troy Kingi & The Clutch, Hollywood Avondale

Friday 30th October – Friendly Potential : Catacombs, Wintergarden

Saturday 31st October – Friendly Potential: Catacombs, Wintergarden 
Friday 20th November – Amanda Palmer, St Mathew-In-The-City

Elemental Nights tickets via Live Nation


Undertheradar proudly presents…

Bic Runga

Sunday 25th October – Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga w/ support from Yasamin ∞ 
Monday 26th October – Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival ∞
Friday 6th November – San Fran, Wellington w/ support from Ebony Lamb* 
Saturday 7th November – Royal Wanganui Opera House, Whanganui w/ support from Ebony Lamb ∞ 
Friday 13th November – Hollywood Theatre, Auckland w/ support from Na Noise ∞
Saturday 14th November – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh w/ support from Kendall Elise*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*
Tickets available via www.bicrunga.com ∞

Annabel Kean: Kia ora, it’s Annabel from Undertheradar.

Bic Runga: Hey, thanks for calling!

I’m loving your King Sweeties singles, I want to know — how did you link up with Cass (Basil)?

I did a collaborative tour with Tiny Ruins five years ago. I didn’t know them, I just liked their music and approached them through their record label, through Flying Nun, and just asked if they wanted to do something together. So we created this tour and did the whole country. I just have a lot of respect for them as musicians and Cass ended up playing in my band for that tour, and then we just got a really good working relationship going. After my twentieth anniversary shows, my partner Kody Nielson who’s also in the band, he was going to be on tour with UMO for quite some time, for like two years. I was thinking "what am I going to do? I’m going to be left here by myself." I just said to Cass "let’s start a girl band" [laughs]. She was really keen and it was just like a life line to me, coz I was just thinking I’m going to be home by myself forever, and I better learn how to use the studio, I better learn how to engineer and do everything myself — coz Kody would normally help with that stuff. So that’s how it came about.


When you and Cass linked up for King Sweeties, did you have a conversation about the specific sound you wanted to create?

Yeah we kept it pretty on track the whole time. When we got confused we just referred back to our original conversations about what we wanted it to sound like. It’s quite funny because both of us come from quite serious sounding music, Tiny Ruins and Bic Runga stuff sounds pretty earnest, to be fair. But when I deal with Cass I realised that we’re both quite a lot sillier in reality. She’s actually really funny, theres’ something about her that I just wanted to make more of. She can write quite funky basslines and we both quite liked that little window of post-punk New York, like Tom Tom Club and I guess Blondie, stuff that sounds like that era. That was a specific sound that we were trying to aim towards, which was just so different from both our other projects.

From what I’ve read, you seem to have kind of thrived in lockdown. You wrote music for your own album, for King Sweeties, and then you’ve got three kids? That’s incredible.

I know, but I got really depressed when the lockdown was first announced, because I think everyone was really in a genuine state of shock. it was really hard to understand what was happening. I remember watching the Prime Minister’s announcement that we were going into this quite extreme lockdown, I literally put my head under the covers and cried my eyes out. I didn’t know why I felt like that, because I think we’re living through something quite catastrophic. I just got really intensely into music, coz that was my only way to not be miserable. It was a good way to check in with friends as well, like say "hey let’s make something." We’d been working on King Sweeties for a year, we didn’t seriously think we were going to put it out, but when lockdown happened we thought "this is like a life line right now." And I really liked getting Cass’ emails and having someone to focus on something with. We did a lot of finishing up of it during lockdown, it was something to focus on. I had lots of other music projects happening at the same time to not sit still, just to not get depressed.
 

 

Everyone dealt with it completely differently. Some people just went into hyper productivity mode. How are you feeling about travelling and sharing space with lots of people? Is it like a weird adjustment period?

It’s a bit of a moral dilemma to be putting on shows… Three things really — we’re just so lucky to be able to do shows, (this is) one of the few places in the world where shows can happen, so there’s that opportunity to seize. Making sure that everyone’s safe, I don’t think we would do anything other than Level One. So that’s okay, for my own personal tour we were lucky we timed it in a way, we just got lucky really, we’re in Level One now and my shows can go ahead. On the other hand, the third thing is people need something to do. Without sounding worthy, I think music’s really vital right now, really important. It’s certainly kept me sane and I think giving the option for things for people to do is a good thing.

When was the last time you played live?

I haven’t had a major tour for three years, when I did my 2017 twentieth anniversary tour that was the last real tour I did. I guess I can’t really tour too much in New Zealand, you sort of only hit it every now and then, because it’s so small.

You have to make new bands and tour those [laughter]. So you’re playing two sets for this Elemental Nights show, right? Because you’re in both bands.

Yeah I’m in King Sweeties and then we’re doing Opossom. We’re going to do something else as well… it’s going to be a Tuesday night party.

Absolutely and Hopetoun is such a beautiful venue.

We’re really excited, we’ve been practising so much.

I was going to ask, how do you find working with your partner? Because I’ve started doing that and I’d say we’ve learnt a lot very quickly. Any advice?

Oh yeah man. We’ve been working together for a really long time. We’ve been together for ten years and we’ve been in so many bands together, and I think we’ve actually learned to just be professional. I kind of really respect professionalism. Because what it is, especially when you’re on the road and it’s maybe a bit like being in the army, you have to stay focussed on the task at hand and just be really professional. Because crazy stuff happens all around you, I think its a good default setting… professional with your partner.

What is your role in Opossom, specifically?

I used to play the drums and the guitar in Opossom, but for this show I’m actually just singing, which is new to me. It’s quite unusual but it’s working out. Kody and I have also been recording together new Opossom material and in that recording context I more play keyboards and sometimes guitar. It’s just all sorts, whatever, both Kody and I play lots of different instruments. Our roles get blurry.

Whatever needs to be done. Are you learning anything new at the moment?

I’ve just joined the APRA board, which has been a real learning curve. I’m really interested in music licensing and how to make things better for artists. That’s something I’m really passionate about… that I almost have a fury about. As long as I’ve been in the business, it’s always felt like a struggle and I don’t really know why. Now that I’m on the board of APRA I kind of understand why. I think it’s because musicians are at the wrong end of the food chain and I think that’s about to be disrupted quite seriously.

It’s an interesting time to be a musician, with things like TikTok disrupting everything. We have a number one artist in New Zealand right now [South Auckland producer Jawsh 685] via TikTok. Even now TikTok are rolling out aggregator services, where you can upload your song but also get quite a lot bigger royalty share, and go direct to Spotify through that platform. The industry’s changed so much, it’s actually really exciting, it should really be in favour of the artist.

It’s cool that you get to be involved with that so closely. I’ll ask just one more question… I saw that you’re going for a low emissions tour using electric cars, that’s really cool. What else are you going to do on the tour to try and offset your emissions?

I’m luck because my tour manager, her company is called Susie Says, she does these amazing independent tours, but she also used to work for the sustainable business network. So she really knows how to do a sustainable event. It’s been a learning curve for me because I actually don’t know a great deal about it, but she organised these electric cars. We decided not to fly anywhere, but she told me it’s not hard to offset emissions from flights as well, you pay for offsetting the carbon emissions there. I don’t know if your watching [inaudible] the stuff that’s on Netflix right now, it’s so sad. I can’t believe what’s going on. I actually don’t know what to do, but I do know we have to do something immediately… I’m as guilty as the next person of being wasteful.

I flip flop between feeling like it’s partly an individual responsibility and then being mad at the big companies, y’know?

Governments just need to cooperate with each other and do something now. I dunno who’s going to save us, but it’s getting down to the wire now.

Linksbicrunga.com
elementalfestival.co.nz
facebook.com/kingsweeties

Bandcamp Friday This Weekend From 8pm 2nd October NZST

Annabel Kean / C.C. / Friday 2nd October, 2020 5:43PM

  
  

The Bandcamp angels have confirmed that their game-changing monthly Bandcamp Fridays initiative will continue for the rest of 2020 — with one today, another on 6th November, and the last of the year on 4th December (perfect for Christmas gifts!). If you didn’t get the memo: once a month since March this year, Bandcamp has dedicated a full 24 hours towards fee-free use of the site for artists, meaning 100% of the money you spend on music and / or merchandise goes directly to the artists and labels involved.

We’ve put together just a tiny selection of hot new local picks for you to peruse for purchase from 8pm tonight (NZST), until 8pm Saturday 3rd October — if you’re not sure if it’s happening, you can click here to double check. We strongly suggest you explore the mind-bogglingly diverse sounds of what Aotearoa has to offer over in the New Zealand tag section of Bandcamp here, these by no means comprehensive suggestions simply aim to help get you started when the whistle blows at 8pm this evening…

Na Noise are already one of the coolest musical duos in Auckland, and now they’ve gone and released the first vinyl 7" pressed in Aotearoa since 1987. We get it! You’re great!

The award winning Troy Kingi channels soul and funk on his latest album The Ghost Of Freddie Cesar, the fourth in his 10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres project. Collect ’em all!

Wax Chattels‘ sophomore album will empower and electrify you, with tracks on Clot to even suit the non-goths of the world. Featuring cover art from bassist Amanda Cheng that belongs in a gallery, and a gorgeous blue disc.

P.H.F.‘s excellent new album New Metal launched on streaming services today, but can be copped in a dazzling variety of forthcoming physical formats via preorder on Bandcamp.

Love top quality Aotearoa punk? Vinyl with gorgeous cover art? Cool stickers? Repairs‘ Repeat, Repeat is the Bandcamp Friday purchase for you!

Need some next level electronic dance sounds to get you grooving? Look no further than the brand new album from Tāmaki Makaurau’s Amamelia — there are swish totes available too!

One of our favourite Aotearoa imprints to emerge over the past year, Noa Records consistently gift listeners sublime sonics. Check out their latest release from Riki Gooch & Alistair Fraser Rangatira.

Ulcerate‘s intense Stare Into Death And Be Still is inarguably one of the most significant NZ metal releases of 2020.

Pōneke indie-dance crew Glass Vaults‘ LP will be out by the end of the month. For now, pre-order a super limited edited, sunny yellow vinyl, and listen to the groovy singles.

It’s no secret we’re hanging out for the debut solo album from Emily Edrosa (Street Chant) — vinyl LP and digital preorders are available now.

Dunedin dance innovator Vanessa Worm‘s debut album VANESSA 77 spans a thrillingly diverse range of underground sonics and styles.


To browse the full selection of New Zealand releases currently available on Bandcamp, head over HERE.

For an awesome rundown of significant recent local releases, check out the buyaotearoa wishlist HERE.

Linksbandcamp.com/tag/new-zealand?tab=all_releases
daily.bandcamp.com/features/update-on-bandcamp-fridays